A flavour some supple Pinot Noir. Vibrant colour and youthful tints.
Aromas are in the red fruit spectrum and very subtle oak.
Savoury fruit and ripe tannins feature on the palate. While this had some whole bunch included, there is sufficient fruit weight.Thus will mature further, although enjoyable as a fresh, zippy young Pinot Noir.
We believe we have to make the most of the experience acquired by the Bourgeois family, thereby making a Pinot Noir that respects the French winemaking tradition. We also believe that we ought to make a wine that respects the Marlborough character. This wine shows great classical lines while enriched with the astonishing Marlborough fruit personality. This personality is sourced from our unique terroir and revealed through its fine aromatic intensity. With the vines getting older, the quality and finesse of the Bel Echo is continuously surprising us and hints at the true potential of our site.” Damien Yvon, Winemaker
This wine was fermented in large French oak vats and then 40% was aged in these large oak vats to maintain fruit integrity. The remaining 60% went to old French oak barrels. This fine balance between the fruit and the oak enables the tannins to soften while helping to develop a vibrant and charismatic Pinot Noir.
Perfume, elegant fruit flavours, and soft ripe tannins are all hallmarks of this exceptional Pinot Noir.
Perfect weather in Martinborough during flowering in December 2011 resulted in an ideal crop which did not require thinning.
An uncharacteristically cool summer followed creating the distinctive Escarpment style showing complexity, attractive texture and the perfect mix of black, red and green fruit flavours for which Pinot Noir is celebrated. The fruit was hand harvested, fermented using indigenous yeasts then gently handled without pumping until it was pressed. Hand plunged every 12 hours then left to macerate on skins for an average vat time of 18 days.
It has been aged completely in French oak barriques, of which 30% were new, for 11 months.
Inspired by the classic wines of Burgundy, this Pinot Noir is a tribute to Martinborough’s unique terroir. It will cellar gracefully for up to 10 years.
The 2009 Fancrest Estate Pinot Noir was listed by Rebecca Gibb MW as one of her top NZ reds of 2014. 92/100
The 2010 Fancrest Estate Pinot Noir was listed by Alder Yarrow as one of his top NZ Pinot Noirs and Bob Campbell MW rated it 93/100 "Dense, intense Pinot Noir with energy. Strong plum and dark cherry interwoven with classy oak. Stylish wine with complexity and potential." Decanter UK selected Fancrest Estate as one of their highly recommended picks for Pinot Noir: The World's Best (Outside Burgundy) (April 2016). Suggested drinking 2016-2022.
Intriguing bouquet of dark fruits and forest floor, brown spices, dried herbs, and hints of old rose. Dry, savoury, spicey; moderate to fine tannins, plenty of acidity, minerality and a tense structure just beginning to relax after some time in the cellar. You can almost taste the limestone. 2 years in old oak followed by 5 years in cellar. This wine is drinking superbly now. Unfined and unfiltered and bottled with very low sulphite levels.
Released 2017. Made naturally with only a tiny amount of sulphite added at bottling. Unfined and unfiltered. This elegant and refined Pinot Noir rests on its bright natural acidity to enhance the red fruit and floral notes. Impresssive shape and length will ensure that with time it should only improve, developing more smokey, earthy and savoury characters typical of the Estate. After 2 years in barrel has been cellared for a further 1 year in bottle.
From the venerable sable of past Clayvin Pinots this 2011 augments the style’s refinement. A rich and dense wine with underlying finesse. Showing black cherry and blueberry aromas that mix with a lightly toasted mocha quality. The palate is full and concentrated with a hint of spicy fruit. Silken in texture there’s ample fruit weight harmonising with the present but layered tannins. Power and elegance all in one.
GOLD – International Wine Challenge 2016 (London)
5 STARS - Michael Cooper's NZ Wine Buyers Guide 2016
5 STARS - Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
SILVER – Decanter World Wine Awards 2016
SILVER – Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
SILVER – Royal Easter Show Wine Awards
Grasshopper Rock’s Earnscleugh vineyard is one of the world’s southern most vineyards. Established in 2003 and dedicated exclusively to a single vineyard pinot noir.
The fruit (clones 5, 777, 115, 114, Abel, 667) was harvested from 14 April – 23 April 2014. After the fruit was de-stemmed into 8 stainless steel tanks, all but one tank was inoculated with a selected wine yeast to carry out the fermentation whilst the remaining tank was ‘wild’. The wine was aged in French oak barriques for approximately 10 months, of which 26% was new oak.
Winemaker’s tasting notes (pre-bottling):
Medium purple with pink hues. Perfumed on the nose with violets, dried herbs, red fruit and mushroom. Sweet black and red cherry fruit on the palate with savoury notes of leather, spice and tobacco. A medium bodied, complex wine which is well structured with fine grained tannin and a long mineral finish.
2014 Vintage comment:
Despite a strong warm start, 2014 ended being one of our cooler but also kinder vintages. October through to December proved remarkably warm and similar to our warmest vintages (2006 and 2011). A few spring frosts seemed to impede flower development and bunch weights were the lowest since 2010. Ideal weather at flowering resulted in an excellent fruit set and crop levels needed to be reduced over most of the vineyard. After Christmas, cool temperatures and winds slowed things down and January 2014 was the coolest January we have experienced. February was also cooler than average. April was not our typical cool nights and hot fine days with large diurnal temperature ranges, this year April temperatures were moderated with lower highs and higher lows and the final ripening taking place in quite different circumstances from what we normally experience. The fruit was in exceptional condition with excellent flavours and balance. Harvest was completed 14-23 April.
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